Makkah terror arrests follow security raid by Saudi Arabian forces

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Several people have been held over alleged terror links following a raid by Saudi security forces on an apartment building in Makkah.
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Several people have been held over alleged terror links following a raid by Saudi security forces on an apartment building in Makkah.
Updated 22 May 2018
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Makkah terror arrests follow security raid by Saudi Arabian forces

JEDDAH: Several people have been held over alleged terror links following a raid by Saudi security forces on an apartment building in Makkah, only a few kilometers from the city’s Grand Mosque.
Security forces raided an apartment rented to a number of nationalities in Makkah’s Azizia district early on Tuesday and made several arrests.
Sources told Arab News that security forces surrounded a residential building and instructed the building’s guard to remain in his room before carrying out the raid.
Local residents were unaware of the presence of security forces and no shots were fired during the raid, sources said.
State security is expected to make a statement after initial investigations are carried out.
Sources said the residential apartments had been rented to a variety of nationalities for the month of Ramadan.


Kaaba’s replacement cloth fitted in record time

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Kaaba’s replacement cloth fitted in record time

  • The work was carried out while pilgrims continued to circumambulate the Kaaba
  • A team of 160 workers carry out the task in record time, while pilgrims continue around them

JEDDAH: It took a team of 160 workers and technicians just three hours to fit the cloth that covers the Kaaba in the Grand Mosque in Makkah, setting a new record, state news agency SPA reported.

Working under the management of Saudi Arabia’s  General Presidency of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet's Mosque Affairs, the team actually finished 30 minutes earlier than the allotted time, fitting the Kiswa to the Kaaba.

The new cloth was prepared and transported before Monday’s Fajr prayer to the Grand Mosque.

The Kaaba is 14 meters high and its longest wall is 13 meters wide.

The Kiswa is made of 670 kilograms of silk, 120 kg of gold, and 100 kg of silver.

Every meter of silk was created by 100,000 threads, and the overall weight of the Kiswa is 1,150 kg, produced on 23 modern sewing machines.